To go or not to go (with or without a UN Security Council resolution)? For several days now, Western countries have been debating whether to launch a military intervention in Syria, but have yet to come to a decision.
Amid the diplomatic brouhaha, the Arab League is also trying to make sure its side of the story is heard. The foreign ministers of its member states are scheduled to meet on Sep. 3 to adopt a resolution "condemning the Syrian president and supporting a possible foreign military intervention," according to HuffPost Maghreb.
In an earlier, extraordinary meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, the representatives of the Arab countries condemned a "heinous crime committed with internationally banned chemical weapons" for which "full responsibility" fell on the Syrian regime. They then called for bringing the perpetrators -- the "war criminals," in their words -- to face international criminal justice.
The pan-Arab organization, which suspended Syria in late 2011 from its proceedings and then assigned its seat to the Syrian opposition, also called on the UN Security Council to "set aside its divisions" to end the "genocide conducted by the Syrian regime for more than two years." In fact, the Arab League is pushing for a resolution by the Security Council to be adopted before any action is taken in Syria.
A show of such determination could suggest a joint position by all member countries. But according to diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters, these statements are the result of strong pressure from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Along with Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf monarchies are openly supporting the rebels and supplying them with arms.
The Sep. 3 vote on the resolution will therefore not be unanimous: Algeria, Lebanon, and Iraq have each expressed reservations. Egypt, meanwhile, "has muted its opposition to any military solution in Syria" under pressure from Saudi Arabia, which recently gave $5 billion in emergency aid to Cairo, RFI explained -- enough to add a little more fuel to the general tension in the region.